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  • George

    Today I learnt that Lidia Ko is now the youngest womens’ professional golfer to be ranked No.1 in the world. What an amazing achievement. She too was born outside of NZ but arrived here, with her parents, as a child so she could be challenged with the access to better opportunities. She is a humble and dignified Kiwi now, and I am proud of her. I am proud of her, not only because of her sporting success, but also the mature and dignified way she conducts her life. I recall the quote, “The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos”. Lidia may only be 17yrs, but she has achieved the highest form of knowledge unlike the self titled interlectual Eleanor Catton whose conduct is the polar opposite to that of Lidia’s. Yes, I wallow in the success of Kiwis. But what makes my heart swell is the humility they attach to their success. People like Sir Ed, Colin Meads, Richie McCaw, John Key and now Lidia to name a few. Sorry Eleanor, you don’t stack up.

    • Wheninrome

      Wonderful achievment, but please spell her name correctly Lydia.

      • George

        Obviously I’m not an interlectual!

    • sandalwood789

      A wonderful achievement in a hugely-competitive world-wide and difficult sport.
      She is a great person and an inspiring example for the young people in this country.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I hope Tuatara aka The Fat one doesn’t contact her and make her a toxic Greenie….

      • Dave

        I think the fat one is a tad busy to worry about others now SCS, has lost the permasmile on here face now others are calling for her to step down, i mean, this is her third highly unsuccessful party, and she will expect at least another 20 years at the trough to pay the power bills for the castle, and enjoy all that free travel.

    • sarahmw

      Hear hear well said.

  • Lux

    Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google’s popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I’d jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.

    http://google-latlong.blogspot.ca/2015/01/google-earth-pro-is-now-free.html

  • It has been raining steadily for 24 hours in Mangamahu. Another two to three days of this please.

    • Nechtan

      Same here, first rain since new years eve, its very welcome.

      • Don W

        Indeed.

      • Disinfectant

        Canterbury here. What’s this word “rain” mean?

    • sandalwood789

      From what I saw of the forecast on the Metservice website, most of the country should get a decent amount of rain from Thursday to Saturday inclusive.

    • cows4me

      About 55mls now, still pouring down.

    • Chris EM

      According to the Met Service it’s raining in Hamilton right now. It’s not though…

    • SlightlyStrange

      An awesome, misty drizzle most of the afternoon here at our place in Wellington, interspersed with periods of heavier rain, and cooler than the last week too (I actually hauled my jeans out today!). Meant to continue in this vein for another couple of days too.
      Perfect, might stave off water restrictions for another week or so, or at least save Somes Island from closing for the rest of summer.

  • jude

    I am so proud ! My eldest daughter has left us, and is now flatting in Palmerston North.
    Her first “real job” since graduating and almost finishing her Masters, is up that way..
    The thesis will be finished in a few months, all of the research is complete.
    It took a lot of dedication to do.The field work involved very late night excursions to her field site.
    I am in charge looking after her birds while she is away.
    What gives me such relief, the first thing Emma did ,was set up another account with her bank,to have automatic payments go into, to save for a house.:)
    Her work over her time a uni paid for bills etc.
    I am relieved she is setting goals and not treating this work as if she has won lotto.
    The money will be a lot more than what she earned in child care.

    • Papillon

      Congrats to her. A lot of hard work and dedication coming to fruition is the biggest reward, and the pride and discipline learnt will stand her in good stead for a bright future.

    • Wasapilot

      Mr Jingles can Skype with your daughter Jude. Sounds like you have a daughter with her head in the right place too Jude, well done.

      • Wasapilot

        We have had a small amount of rain here in Christchurch in the last week. Nowhere near enough, so sprinklers going again as I type.

        Edit – oops, this should have been a reply to Brian’s post below.

    • sarahmw

      How nice to hear about a young one who gets it. Mr Jingles will miss her but as Wasapilot says there is Skype. You must be so proud and she thankful she has parents who get it. Congrats all around.

      • jude

        Thank you. I am so proud of Emma.
        It has not sunk in just yet.
        I suspect I will get daily texts asking after her birds:)

        • Wasapilot

          I trust she has gone with plenty of recipes too Jude

          • jude

            Christmas stocking fillers were recipe books lol! Very first one was the Edmonds cookbook:)

          • 1951

            Did the same for my boys, plus a scrape-book of our family favourites which they each guard jealously still.

          • jude

            That is a lovely idea.!
            I might do that this year.
            Our family favs are pretty basic recipes though:)

          • 1951

            Our are such a cultural con’fusion they can’t be found on-line.

          • jude

            That makes it even more a treasure for your family:)

    • Brent

      My Daughter is off next Sunday for her first year study Bachelor of Social Work she’s 17 Mum’s Fretting already I’m watching the House get bigger with each one that move’s on to their Challenge’s in life. I was proud reading the Letter pointing the Charity work she was attending while working for entry. Unfortunately Student loan will come before Home.

    • pisces8284 .

      Oh so they do all leave eventually?…….

      • jude

        Mine keep coming back!
        I have said, no matter what, they don’t need a key, the door is always open for them here:)

        • pisces8284 .

          Well I didn’t actually say that but they keep coming back…..between jobs, countries and partners

    • Dave

      Congrats to you and to her Jude, a real start to a career. impressive.

  • Papillon

    Yeeha. Uniform is named; stationery bought, packed and labelled and school bag is ready. Life resumes to normal tomorrow, finally. Daughter had become a tad spoilt over the holidays and her behavior in the last week can only improve with a return to more of a routine.

    • Nige.

      And books covered? My lovely wife is now painstakingly covering approx 12 books.

      • Papillon

        Ah book covering. The perfectionists worst nightmare.

        • Nige.

          Its compulsory at their school apparently. (I know! What kind of evil board of trustees agrees to THAT rule???!?!??)

          • Don’t complain. The school my oldest is going to has a huge list of rules including hair length, jewelry, exact shoe type and colour for summer/spring and another for winter. It will be a bit of a shock for him, but he needs a little structure. Homework will be the killer – he’s not had any last year.

          • Isherman

            Separate seasonal shoes?? bit OTT isn’t it?, I can understand *choosing* say sandals in summer over closed in shoes but otherwise…seems more than necessary.

          • “Our school is VERY proud of its standards, and this includes appearance”. etc etc.

            Hey, we want him to go there – it’s a top school for a reason, and it is reflected in everything they do.

          • Isherman

            Fair enough, the rules are the rules and you choose to play by them, I hadn’t heard of that specifically before though. Hope settling into the homework routine goes smoothly, some can be…resistant shall we say, others don’t make a fuss at all.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          I’m hearing you… Duraseal and my OCD don’t play nicely together.

          • I’ve given up putting ‘screen protectors’ on many years ago.

      • Mrs Pete took care of all the covering today *phew*

      • la la land

        eldest daughter did the younger ones books – they helped with the cutting out of pictures of their favourite superheros which they glued under the clear duraseal – it took the kids all morning

      • LovetoTeach

        http://www.ezcover.co.nz – free yourself from duraseal FOREVER!
        They last more than one year too

      • Wendy

        Damn…I just found the stationery list.
        Im a bad mummy.

    • Wendy

      My littlest baby is nearly as tall as me and starts his first day at Big Boy School tomorrow.

      Part of me is thinking Hallelujah and part of me wants to cry.

    • I’m sick of my kids. They’ve been home with me for (what feels like) 2 months now. Some stretches of solitude are well earned ;)

      • Nigel_F

        Do what we do in my house, I go to bed at a reasonable hour, wife and kids turn in in the wee early hours, by lunchtime the next day I’m getting lonely and wake them up.

        • la la land

          haha same here – bit sad that we all have to get up tomorrow at 7am – there goes y morning quiet time

  • Isherman

    So really what you’re saying is Dirty Politics is great business, and if not it has to be admitted by the left that there has to be a reason for success.
    As an aside, the Presland v Wrongson spat was kind of hilarious.

  • Nechtan

    A bit of T Rex for Sunday evening:

    • Pete

      Electric Warrior, I have that on vinyl.

  • Nige.

    ex-JAFFA Answered last nights question with:

    “because it gave birth”

    Do you have a story regarding birth you can share? (Kitten stories will be permitted as well as human ones)

    • Isherman

      Um, maybe the birth of my son (1st child) being the earliest in the day I’ve ever needed a stiff whiskey..about 7.00am when I got home from the ward.

      • Huia

        I didn’t make it to theatre with my third one, had him in the waiting room and my husband delivered him.

        • Isherman

          Good point, I’ll carry a hip flask with me in the event there are any more…

    • I was on such a high being part of delivering my 2nd son that I wanted to go help other couples and deliver theirs too.

      (1st had complications causing a 23 hour delivery and hands-off from Dad)

    • 1951

      The two of us grandmothers were told to be at hospital by 6am. Too much late- night chat ensured we were going to be late. Arrived and parked car nearer to 6:30, then raced as quickly as two old tarts can do in their best dress and high boots. Chatting away excitedly in anticipation we were somewhat flawed/floored (?) to see note on door saying “Do Not Enter. Anethitist..” blah,blah,blah
      So, well we had better wait in lounge around the corner. Just as we stepped away from the door, we heard the most horrendous crash from inside.. not saying a word we glanced at each other in amazement and carried on. You can’t imagine what it is like to first see your son in a wheelchair ,then be asked to accompany him to the E&R end of hospital. Apparently it was the sight of the epidural needle combined with our voices in the back ground that drained the blood from his head.

    • Eiselmann

      Apparently I was the third baby born in the country in the year I was born …had my photo in the paper as well…my fifteen minutes of fame came an went before I could use it to score chicks .

    • Nige.

      A lady I work for inherited a budgie. She often tells me what a naughty boy he is and says things like “well he IS a male after all”….that was until he laid an egg. Now he’s a good boy.

      • Sounds like my Man Hating MIL

    • Wendy

      To date I have had two, photographed one (very arty university thing) and delivered one.

      All human.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Well Nige, you got kids so you know almost every woman could run a blog on childbirth :-).
      Suffice to say being pregnant is not my thing, love to watch other females literally blossom like fowers just beautiful, but giving birth…good lord what an amazing experience…loved it even the pain…truly an unreal experience the amazement of perfection that had lived and grown inside me was spellbinding

      Now kitty time
      I had a kitty kat who “literally” walked into our house 3 nights straight…yup she decided we had what it took to be her servants, a small pure black female, first litter of kittens took me unawares among my shoes!
      Kitty and I, we had a wee thing, she always came and swished around the basket and my legs hanging out washing, one day in late pregnancy she did this but rather than trotting off she kept walking a few steps in front of me so I followed her. She went to where kept my shoes and stood there continually meowing. Initially I did know what she wanted, then the penny dropped. I quickly moved shoes put down bedding and fown she lay, within an hour kittens were arriving. She was such a nice cat.

    • LovetoTeach

      I had my first two babies at home. I knew I was in early stage labour with #2 so told hubby to set up the birthing pool. A tool rep was on her way past our place so dropped in on the off chance my husband was home. We made her a cup of tea and were chatting with her as hubby was getting some of the stuff out. She asked when I was due and nearly spat her tea out when we told her I was in labour. She left pretty quickly!

      • Nige.

        she didnt try and sell you a nice new set of stilsons or multigrips to assist?

        • LovetoTeach

          No! What a missed opportunity…

    • dumbshit

      42 years ago today, twin boys at 07.00 and 07.10 after a midnight start to proceedings. I got kicked out of theatre when it was deduced that one was going to be breach birthed. I was absolutely drained, so in awe of my wife’s stamina, there was no “state” help bringing up twins in those days, but we coped and were better for it I feel.

  • Isherman

    Well done to Lydia Ko, massive achievement on her #1 ranking, and she’s gracious, humble and by all accounts appreciative, unlike another so called “Luminary” I could mention. But I shouldn’t compare I suppose, its not like Catton has even won a local NZ book competition has she.

    Amended last line.

  • caochladh

    The by-election up north aside, I can’t wait for the Green’s leader selection circus. I feel sure that there isn’t going to be a smooth transition of power.

  • jude

    I was amused to watch 3 news tonight. The 3 news poll was “great news ” for Labour.
    The headlines all stating that most people felt that Little would give Key a run for his money.
    The meat of the report then pointed out, it was even better news for National.
    I guess this “positivity” when chatting about Labour. may fool some :)

    • Carl

      Was quite surprised when Pathetic Paddy said at the end that the honeymoon for Little will end shortly.

      • jude

        Well if angry Andy stays away from parliament , to travel New Zealand, connecting with people, and hopefully, finding his missing million Labour voters ,people will forget who he is.
        The risk is, Annette King will appear to be in charge ,not Little.
        It will be interesting to see how he copes with a crisis, like Dirty Politics may be.

        • Monty

          Annette is in charge. That is why Labour have gone up in the polls

        • edee

          When on the receiving end of a crisis Andy will stumble and fumble at every hurdle, he just hasn’t got what it takes to cope. Maybe there is a method to his madness in him wanting to stay away from parliament to go walkabout and connect with the so called missing million.

        • Bobb

          I doubt there is any great revelations about coming to cause the left problems from the dirty politics saga. It’s been too long with nothing surfacing. Just vague threats and talk. :(

          • edee

            Now that we have got Christmas and New Year out of the way, just sit back and watch the sparks fly soon. Not much point starting anything before the holidays too many people who need to be on the spot are on the move.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Carl – That was a surprise for me too…Even the Labour list candidate aka Paddy “I worship Labour” Gower after all his spin admitted that this is a dead cat bounce. He also admits Labour has not taken a single vote of Labour. They have got a lift from the toxic Greens and Grandpa party. That is all….

        • Carl

          I had to rewind it to make sure I had heard him right, maybe he knows what Cam might have coming about Dirty politics.

      • Nige.

        Yes. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Perhaps Pedro can see a storm on the horizon.

      • SVlover

        I heard Paddy on Radio Live some days ago. Normally I would tune out but in fact was extremely interested in his (apparent) change of attitude. My immediate thought was ‘he’s fallen in love’. Nothing else explains it that I can see. Except…..maybe he’s running scared of what may come out about Cam’s expose of Dirty Politics. Ticking…

  • Watched it last night but was not 100% sure of reason, confirmed on TV1 news tonight, Serena Williams was docked a point for too much noise, against Sharapova!

    • Nirvana10

      Yep it sure was funny that screaming Sharapova gets away with her on court antics, but the point was that Serena called out as she was serving. As she didn’t contest the umpire’s call but just accepted it and carried on it seemed that she was fine about it. Very short rallies throughout the match so sadly much less entertaining than it might have been, I thought. Of course, if the men are required to play the best of 5 sets I can’t see why the women shouldn’t as well!!!!

    • Bobb

      I saw that too. Absolutely incredible. I was watching live and didn’t hear anything from Williams but Sharascreecher was her usual self. Can any tennis expert tell us how she gets away with it and Williams didn’t?

    • Michelle

      Has Serena had issues with that umpire before calling her out for different things?
      She was coughing her head off at one stage when they had the rain break and didn’t look too flash for a while but got into the game as it went on and l think she was trying to not run about too much

      Serena did seem very serene last night and didn’t question any of the calls she just turned round and started again

  • rantykiwi

    This councillor on Leicester county council’s transport committee is the sort of bloke we need keeping Auckland Transport in line.

    Lynton Yates, the party’s hopeful in Charnwood, Leicestershire, urged the jobless to “catch a bus” rather than clog the roads with traffic. In a campaign leaflet handed to constituents, he argued all those who claim benefits should automatically have their driving licences suspended. The 64-year-old also said cyclists should be forced to ride on the pavement and give way to pedestrians.

  • Max

    Witnessed theft three times this weekend.
    First Chineses grandmother at Pak n Sav allowing her precious toddler grandson helping himsel and stuffing sweets from the self serve bins while keeping an eye out for store staff then actions innocent when my wife remonstrated with her. Next same store Indian man helping himself to cashew nuts when he thought no one was looking. Then at a fruit store ,Middle Eastern woman in hijab pays for oranges she had bagged herself then on the way out passes the oranges bin looks to see if shop staf are busy on the till then helps herself to 3 more oranges which she puts in the bag on the way out.
    I would say that these thieves would be the first to scream victimisation and are not the only ones and we wonder why there is a feeling of entitlement in this country!

    • Tom

      I hate thieves. I would have caused a mega scene.

    • Jas

      I bet the cashew nut thief though it was ok as he consider the price was too much. Probably gets the idea from taking online content when consider cost too much

    • edee

      Don’t know what happens in China or India to thieves but the middle eastern woman would surely be aware what happens in middle east countries when accused of thieving. I guess she feels safe here so that makes it ok to take more than what she has paid for.

    • Bobb

      Don’t suppose it’s relevant that they are all minorities and likely to be immigrants. No…..Thought not!

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    Just reading the news and poll results… Is it just me or are they trying to turn a pretty crap result into a silk purse?

    55% of people think Little will be better than Cunliffe, Shearer, Goff – I’m mean only 55%?

    That’s Cunliffe that took Labour to it’s worst defeat since Adam was a cowboy and the bumbling Shearer who couldn’t even get into the high teens as preferred prime minister. And yet still 45% think he’s more useless than these clowns?

    Really, that’s spinning faster than a fast thing on fast day.

    • Nige.

      And of course labour people are always going to say that the current leader is going to be better than previous ones. Its very telling. I would have expected it to be 100%. I guess the glass is only 55% full.

      • cows4me

        I suppose we should pity them, polls like this are like lollies to children, it gives them a rush then they end up with guts aches.

    • KGB

      Little hasn’t even been tested against Key yet. What will they say when he fails?

    • Greg M

      So using Labours own methodology the same as “almost half of all workers didn’t get a pay rise”, can we now say almost half of all voters think he is no better than the previous “leaders”?

      • Isherman

        Now there’s a “gotcha” statement right there!

    • Dave

      So, I have two rotten apples, one is better than the other…… Little is still hopeless, but with the media’s help, he will make a go of it, until asked some difficult question, then his true colours will shine through.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Congratulations to Lydia Ko, I loved the look on her face at the realisation of what she has achieved, and her comment that she tries to have fun out there….simply gorgeous.

    • Pete

      Yep. well done Lydia, Ooops, she’s a tall poppy, shouldn’t we be knocker her down now!?

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Dont you dare its time to change that damm syndrome :-)

        • Carl

          I hope it never happens but I know for a fact that the Koreans want her to play under the Korean flag and it would really earn her a lot of money though endorsements. Watch this space she is under a lot of pressure.

          • Jafarma

            And then there are the aussies; they are bound to claim her as o of them just like they’ve done with Phar Lap and other notable kiwi success stories

  • Isherman

    Something that’s not been mentioned all that much since the election..when do y’all reckon Winston calls time on his political career?, will he go one more election in charge?

    • mommadog

      That’s an interesting question. Winston is liable to surprise but my current feeling is he wont call time of his own choice ever. It will take a major event like ill health or being kicked out of parliament by his own party members doing the labour/green type backstabbing. He could be there at 95 years if he lives that long.

      • Isherman

        “From my cold dead hands” I can almost hear him say…

  • Richard

    Anyone else had any issues with power supply companies putting the pressure on to install smart meters?

    I just found out that my 90 year old gran has been told by her supply company that she MUST have a smart meter installed and as her wiring system is deemed to old for them to work on she MUST also have a complete rewire, which she has been quoted $12k by a sparky.

    I’m in the building industry and have organised an electrical inspection because she is now terrified she is living with a fire risk and can’t sleep.

    • Wasapilot

      We had a 3 bedtoom rental of ours rewired for $7k here in CHC last year. $12k sounds steep to me, I would get 3 prices if I were you.

      • Richard

        It’s not really the price I’m worried about, if it gets to that I have electrical subcontractors I currently use who will look after me.

        It seems at this stage she is being told it is compulsory and she has no other option but to install the smart meter.

        • mommadog

          My Mum got the same message where she lives from her power company over a year ago. Basically we are coming to change you to a smart meter. No option out mentioned. I more recently got a note from my power company saying they will be changing all their customers to smart meters and will be in touch to say when exactly. The message is definately being delivered as compulsory.

          • TonyM

            When our smart meter was installed I was might unimpressed that it was not possible to read the dual rate balances on the screen. I complained and the next day they came and installed a nice little seperate device that gives this information. Makes me wonder how many other people have no way of knowing whether their bill is correct.

            The only smart thing about smart meters is that the power company saves money and can gather way more usage information from you than before.

          • Michelle

            some people reckoned their power bills have gone up and the power companies excuse is that the old meter wasn’t working properly
            The contractor came and looked to put in the new smart meter but said something was wrong inside l think a board is in the wrong place and left
            The company rang to make another appointment but then cancelled as they couldn’t come they don’t seem to know what they are doing

    • LabTested

      I have a smart Meter. Done as part of a renovation. It is all for the benefit of the power companies as they no longer need Meter readers. if they started to offer discounts for off peak power usage they might get a higher take up rate.

      • Aquarius 61

        Also allows lines companies to better identify where faults are on the network, and a faster repair, as well as better manage “load” during peak times. Reduces the need for “interim” accounts, customers to see their usage in (almost) real-time to self-manage usage, and (once the tariffs for use are available) use appliances at the cheapest times, and use smart appliances.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          Depends if the lines company is allowed access to the data, which sadly is more often not the case. It also depends on the type of meters being installed – retailers are only interested in remote automatic meter reading (AMR), whereas for any network management you require Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and the supporting systems.
          Most meters these days support AMI, but that’s not why the retailers are installing them.

      • ex-JAFA

        When I moved provinces but kept the same retailer, they only sent estimated readings. When I enquired why, they said the meter reader couldn’t gain access because of my dog. I’ve never owned a dog, and nor do any of my neighbours.

        I begged for a smart meter so I could at last get actual readings, which they eventually installed. The meter reader appeared during the upgrade and admitted that he’d never been to my property – his paperwork showed my meter serial number was on another property nearby!

    • Carl

      Is the current meter inside the house or on the outside?

      • Richard

        Outside, there are no issues with access for meter readers.

        • Disinfectant

          Mine is outside. Done at no cost in about 20 minutes.

          • pisces8284 .

            Ours is outside too and took about the same time. Our house is 100+ years old, OK has been renovated but can’t see how they would charge 12K

        • Carl

          Then how do they know what your Grans house wiring inside the house is like?

          • Richard

            They’ve had a look inside the meter box and identified the age of the existing wiring.

          • Mrs_R

            Would it be easier and cheaper for your gran to just change power companies (e.g. to one that doesn’t have a smart meter ultimatum)?

          • Dave

            Yes, they can tell as the same cable will be used throughout the house except if it has been altered or additions built on. the original parts are likely to have the same old cabling. Do you know the approx age of the home, my guess is if its over 50 years old it is very likely to have Rubber sheathed cables, and if so, they are a hazard, as the rubber cracks and parts/falls off the cable around corners etc, leaving the live cable exposed.

          • Richard

            Circa 1950, in saying that I have a few rentals that are older and have passed certification, just seems they have pressured her a bit to much for my liking.

            I have since found this from the Electricity Authority,

            http://thelinescompany.co.nz/media/smart-meter-fact-sheet-6a-electricity-authority.pdf

            They can only enforce the new smart meter if it is part of the contract but even then you can just change providers.

          • Aquarius 61

            It will depend on who owns the meter (this may be a retailer, lines company or a 3rd party). Changing retailer may not make any difference.

    • Moonroof

      Suggest to contact a registered Electrical Inspector if doubt, fees will apply, but they will not be in business of selling anything, just safety and compliance. If you’re in Auck region, contact http://www.lordconsulting.com/profiles/affiliates/182-nick-chandler perhaps. Not pushing anything but I have dealt with Nick professionally.

    • Wasapilot

      I tried google to see if I could find anything definitive Richard, no real luck unfortunately. This was the closest I could could find
      http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-avoid-getting-a-smart-meter/

    • Yeahright

      Normally it’s not a problem, they are in and out. If you Gran has old wiring she will more than likely not be covered by Insurance as well! Definitely need to get a 2nd opinion.

    • Jonnycomelater

      I came home from work a while ago and noticed an aerial had been fitted to my outside meter box. I presume this is a smart meter and if so had no communications from my supplier – it just appeared?

      • ex-JAFA

        I believe that some (not necessarily all) smart meters send their data to your retailer on a cellular network. A remote beach setting where my family have a bach had all the meters replaced with cellular smart meters, but the meter readers still have to visit because there’s no cellular reception there! What a bunch of nongs :-)

    • Dave

      if the house is wired in conduit, or in Rubber sheathed cables, then it probably does need a complete rewire. if not, it could just be the switchboard.

      My first step would be to demand the power company tell you exactly what is wrong with the wiring, and why. If they are stating it needs rewiring, they must have a reason.

    • Aquarius 61

      Check out the Electricity Authority FAQ on Smart Meters http://www.ea.govt.nz/dmsdocument/7247.

      • Richard

        Cheers, was just reading this earlier.

  • LabTested

    Sitting in the Emirates lounge in Melbourne. They launched their new menu today. I have to say the lamb was a bit tough. Normally I would put it down to being a tad over cooked. However when I saw the Halal sign I can’t help thinking the poor animal was stressed as heck – hence the toughness of the meat

    • Disinfectant

      Back in the 80’s I hopped onto a Kuwait Airways plane in Kuwait for a long haul flight to London.
      Shortly after getting airborne I was asked if I wanted a drink. Yes please a wine will do fine. Sorry sir no alcohol on this aircraft. Never gave it thought when I booked with them. Didn’t think that anyone was like this in the world.
      It was a very long haul to London.

      • pisces8284 .

        It’s not promoted very much on Malaysia Airlines today really. It is there, but when you ask you are in the monority

        • kayaker

          MH is very good with the Dom up the front.

      • STAG

        And yet fly BA out of Kuwait and as soon as the wheels are up, out comes the booze and off come the vials. No ones missing out on a drink.

    • Don W

      Being Halal it might have been goat.;)

      • Aucky

        ………or camel.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Yup thats one sure way to make it tough.

      I would not want to travel by Emirates again, the service from CH to Dubai appalling, felt like those female stewards didnt like blonde blue eyed females and the derogatory comments I heard about NZ and Australia left me wanting to say “get a different air route to work then”

      Aren’t you the full on traveller Labtested, where are you off to this time? When I started commenting you were off to Poland & a bike trip.?

      • LabTested

        Back to Poland today. It Will be below zero & snow when I land. The motorbike is still tucked up in bed for a couple more months :)

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      The sad experiences of others might tell you to avoid a certain category of airline.
      (Singapore being a misfit in that category)

  • Disinfectant

    Received an email from Trade Me offering me a loan through their part ownership of “Harmoney” the party to a party lender/borrower.
    Their blurb states “By missing out the middleman, Harmoney can provide lower interest rates for borrowers”.
    H’mm. Their interest rates are from 11.99 to 9.99%. I can borrow at these interest rates already. And these are high when the OCR is just 3.5%.
    Does anyone think that just maybe Trade Me is the middleman.

    • Nige.

      Why would anyone want to use a product who openly states that they want to harm your money?

      If that was the best name that their PR team came up with then I think that says a lot about the competance of the company.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        OK, so “Blue-chip” is taken. How about “Ash-grey Cinders”

    • I think this whole Harmony think is an absolute rort. The interest rates are swinging in this day of 3.5% cash rates. I wouldn’t touch it unless I couldn’t bank it and even then, if people can’t bank it then they shouldn’t sign to such rates.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      So, are the rates of interest returned to the lender also between 12 and 10%?
      Absolutely no need to be otherwise if there really no middleman at all.
      And if no middleman to manage the books we can assume no-one to tell IRD about those earnings and therefore they are tax-free?
      Sounds just too good to be true.

  • cows4me

    I see a so called “climate change” refuge is taking his case to the surpreme court and is seeking refuge status as the world is facing an emergency and it’s starting in the south Pacific, yes of course it is ( sarcasm ). An over stayer from Kiribati is appling for refuge status because the industrial world can’t control CO2 emissions and, well you know the rest. If the supreme court is stupid enough to grant refuge status on the baises of climate change then every man and his dog will be on a plane to NZ.

    • Pluto

      They should send him to Nepal in that case just to make sure he’s really safe.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        Lots of the highest (“safest”) bits of Nepal are half-owned by ex-Tibet.

    • Don W

      On legal aid no doubt.

    • Nige.

      In other words people leaving poorer nations for richer nations. Hmmm sound like a clever play on ‘redistribution of wealth’.

      Cunning aren’t they.

      • Don W

        They want they trappings of the capitalist world for free.

  • Wendy

    All work and no play lately means I’ve been MIA. Withdrawals from my newsaholism are beginning to bite.

    Anyhoo…happy Sunday team.

    • 1951

      Welcome back. All work…that just means your bank account will look better than we who have been holding the fort ;)

      • Wendy

        Yeah, nah…heaps of voluntary shifts so of no benefit for the bank balance, but enormous benefit for the soul and the education.

        • 1951

          Good on you. You have missed some lively action. I hope you get to reading some. Just avoid last night’s chat, terribly unruly lot.

          • Nige.

            Don’t remind me. Political blog indeed.

          • Wendy

            Im a brave lass…Ill venture in there.

        • Nige.

          Maybe your ‘money’ bank hasn’t changed but your ‘moral’ bank with be fuller.

          (Anyone else ever heard the saying “putting deposits in the bank in the sky”?)

          • Wendy

            I use a similar analogy, except it is the bank balance of wellbeing…

            Some people add to your bank balance, some people suck it dry.

            And you cant give to others what you cant afford to give.

          • caochladh

            Isn’t that when you store all you confidential info in the cloud and someone hacks it. ;-)

    • Hi Wendy -missed you!

      • Wendy

        Wow…thanks :)

        • Watcher

          Hi Wendy – I didn’t really miss you, but I am more than happy to see you.

          • Wendy

            Lol. Settle Petal.

  • jude

  • hookerphil

    Oh my gosh, League presentations and I can can see is l. Brown standing there.

  • Isherman

    It was a challenge not to be too flippant with the mailbag post, because the natural instinct was to say something downright nasty about him…I think we’re learning as time goes by though.

  • caochladh

    Can this really be true………..

    • I hope you’re ready to translate Broadchurch for us … the braw accent is a wee bit confusing for us sassenachs!

      • pisces8284 .

        Wrong post! However I record it and replay it slowly. Actually I find American programmes the worst, they mumble – I need subtitles for programmes like Person of Interest

        • caochladh

          Re the mumbling. I have a hearing issue and noticed over time that everyone on the TV was starting to mumble. I went to a sound specialist and ended up with sound bars that have 32 speakers operating on different frequencies. The thing is, you can adjust them to have the sound delivered in various ways to suit your hearing. The result is, no one mumbles any more.

          • Moonroof

            Speakers in recent panel TVs are hopeless. Current unit has a very good display, but forget about sound it tries to do, that gets sent to separate amp and speakers. As for setting up a TV for parents, problematic…

          • pisces8284 .

            It sounds like everyone (particularly Americans) are speaking down a hollow tube

          • Watcher

            eh speak up

          • caochladh

            What ho young Watcher! Everything tinkety tonk?

          • Watcher

            Ah my dear fellow, everything is tickety boo.. (I am wondering if I should have typed that in capitals so that yo could hear me)

          • caochladh

            Absolutely no need whatsoever, thank you. I have my hearing, seeing and reading WHT assisting me with the more difficult passages.

          • Watcher

            Heh, well done old bean.
            I could have a beer with you me old mucker

          • caochladh

            I’ll bring the Glenmorangie 18, the WHWT’s have already consumed the good stuff.

          • Watcher

            I will send you my email let me know when you have got it. I will then delete it from here
            Just send a Y and I will put it up. Speed is the essence.

          • caochladh

            Not yet…….

          • Watcher

            No sweat

          • caochladh

            Go!

          • Watcher

            bob @ emsnz.com

          • caochladh

            dONE!

          • EveryWhichWayButLeft

            Lol, that was hilarious to watch…

            Watcher – you do realise your original post stays up until the pages is refreshed once you’ve edited it?

          • Watcher

            Nah mate so be it………tomato sauce

          • Watcher

            I just cannot get my head around this Disqus program on the old I pad.
            Sigh…never mind.

          • pisces8284 .

            Interesting. What sort of sound specialist?

          • caochladh

            Sound Line up by the Deaf institute about ten years ago.

      • caochladh

        I suspect even in Glasgow they will be turning on the subtitles.

        • pisces8284 .

          He starred in the Amercian version of the programme and he toned it down a lot as he was supposed to be American.

          • pisces8284 .

            ‘Gracepoint’

    • Don W

      And then still misses out.:)

      • caochladh

        Story of my life!

        • Don W

          LOL.

  • pisces8284 .

    Broadchurch on soon so will be MIA. Love that programme, then the new one Missing looks good. makes a change to have some good programmes on offer

  • Nigel_F

    Has anyone else had to explain to their children that tickling is only funny when you do it?

  • Eiselmann

    I love WO , every time I click on a link there’s an ad telling me that beautiful Russian women are just waiting for me to contact them, and because of this I’ve come to realise something…I need to get out a lot more than I do.

    • 1951

      Don’t go there. My neighbor loses half the farm with every one he meets.

      • Don W

        Is he a slow learner.?

        • 1951

          He’s just lonely. Poor bugger. Another neighbor told me he’s has another Russian doll in the wings. Life must be awful in Russia, ‘cos our Bill ain’t that good looking ;(

          • Don W

            That’s understandable. Maybe he should set up his affairs into a trust prior to entering into a new relationship. We are not all blessed with good looks, I Know , a good heart and character matters most. Poor old Bill needs a good dose of self esteem.

          • 1951

            I would say that he may have been missing that for most of his life.

      • Eiselmann

        Heard of a few horror stories as well when it comes to women from the former Soviet Union..also heard of a couple of couples who have been happily married for years. Considering all the scams going on you’d be pretty lucky to actually met one where the relationship worked and it seems likely you’d get conned by others along the way.
        So not for me
        Saying that from what I’ve read there are loads of Ukrainian women signing up for to these agencies …I guess when your countries experiencing massive social upheaval even less than average looking guys from ‘safe’ countries suddenly look very appealing.

      • MaryLou

        How many halfs does he have left??

        • 1951

          Well I never met first wife but part of farm was divided into 5x 5acre blocks & sold off to settle with her. Along came delicious blonde with very strong accent who lasted 3 beautiful happy years before “tings dot vewy unhappy”. It has taken awhile but half of what was remaining was sold off last week. “I tink tings vill be much, much happier now”

    • Cadwallader

      I can’t understand these guys. I have been married for years and my wife and I are yet to co-habit. I live in NZ and she in WA. We get on well!
      It is one thing to take up with a woman but why share a home with them? When my wife and I get together, every time is a holiday and when we part she knows she regains her privacy as indeed do I.
      The thought of living 24/7 with anyone is tough enough but imagine sharing with a person who has English as a second language then if it all collapses she wants 50% of the pile. Stuff that!
      I suspect that some people cannot tolerate their own company and get desperate to fill what they regard as a void. It isn’t a void at all, it is freedom!

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Anyone else disturbed by the bloodied terrorised look on the Jordanian hostage, what are they doing to him?

  • Isherman
  • Cadwallader

    I flew from CHCH to Palmy North earlier today. There were about a dozen young soldiers on the flight. They looked to my old eyes to be little more than kids. I began to ponder that it will be young men like this from the USA, Australia etc..who will be dished up to sort out the Islamofilth. I am sure many will perish in a vile and ghastly manner while taking out this trash. Isn’t there a better way? A bucket of instant sunshine?

    • Isherman

      appealing thought in some ways, but what happens the day after a western nation led by either Obama, Cameron, Hollande or Merkel, (dont even mention Bibi) lets off even small tactical battlefield nukes in the Middle East..against a non-existential threat.

      • Cadwallader

        I agree all this is merely conjecture. Here’s a further thought: How would the West react if Putin pressed the nuke button on ISIS? I suppose Obama could take the moral high ground and feign there was no benefit to USA?

        • Isherman

          Oh, the west would express “serious concern” and urge “maximum restraint” etc, then someone or another would introduce a UN draft resolution condemning them, which would fail anyway because Russia itself could veto it…though in some sort of perverse way, they could probably get away with it to a greater extent than the other western powers, half the Arab world are Russian client states anyway…

      • Bluemanning

        Cut off the arms / munitions supplies to ISIS. Who is supplying them, counties who dream-on about a homogenous Muslim state with Assad out of power.

    • Wasapilot

      Not sure a nuke is viable in this situation. I guess the issue is, similar to several recent wars,that it is difficult to tell friend from foe. I can not see a solution to this situation unfortunately. The only way to protect our freedoms is to
      1. stop letting sleepers into our countries
      2. Monitor communications etc via covert methods
      3. Have our elected representitives grow the courage needed to deal with this very real domestic threat. Stop the PC rubbish, and call a spade a spade.

    • Bluemanning

      In the late 60’s early 70’s in Oz in my experience the Vietnam draftees were shunned by their peers and weren’t really acknowledged if lucky enough to return home, some didn’t. They said wasn’t our war, no sunshine there either. We are thinking of going to ‘Nam for a foodie holiday this year; lookin’ forward to the trip.

      • Isherman

        I’ve only heard completely positive reports of colleagues doing Vietnam, all of them loved it, some of them suggesting it was more enjoyable and interesting than Thailand or Malaysia etc.

        • Bluemanning

          Yes my bro in law, a couple years my senior, did Vietnam as a vacation two years ago; he said it was ‘unspoiled’ then, no potential rip offs, food and hotels good value, don’t know about now.

          • Isherman

            Economic activity is picking up, and there are probably a few more commercial ventures in the financial hub, but the visitor experience seems to still be rather genuine from what they describe, it was only last year some workmates ventured over.

          • Aucky

            Go to Burma before its spoilt.

          • Isherman

            And Cuba apparently too.

          • Aucky

            Agreed. And apart from lower airfares and our strong dollar the best thing ever is happening to international tourism – the Ugly Russians can no longer afford to travel due to the devalued rouble.

  • Watcher

    NZ seems to be a very hard country to build business in, particularly in regard to acquisition to enhance existing business.
    We are in the market to Aquire a supplementary business, and have been actively looking for a couple of years now.
    Small business in NZ seem to rely on a Key Person, I can understand that, no issue, but when it comes to selling, no forethought into any sort of succession plan is made…..sigh.

  • Cadwallader

    Another thought from my time with Air NZ today: Who will depart Labour this year and in what order?
    1 Goff first as he is denying a tilt at AKL Mayoralty which means he is.
    2 Cunnliffe as he is too far down the pecking order for his ego to allow him to sit like a dummy at the rear of the house.
    3 Shearer as (I like to think National will give him an international trade post) but I suspect he’ll go anyway rather than vegetate on a lost and sinking ship.

    Who agrees/disagrees?

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      I agree Goof will go this term, but I think for a diplomatic post rather than Mayor.
      I think Cunliffe believes he’s going to get another run and will try oust angry Andy just before the next election. The messiah complex is strong in this one.
      Shearer is an interesting one.. my guess is that he will see out the term but won’t seek reelection. Then he’ll head to the trough at the UN courtesy of Uncle Hulun.

      The one you missed is Annette King – I can’t see her staying a full term while Andy is in charge.

      • Cadwallader

        True. I also forgot Mallard but does that really matter? If Cunnliffe goes early I suppose Lees-Galloway may as well too.

        • EveryWhichWayButLeft

          Mallard won’t go until he loses his seat – what else would he do? And he really, really, really wants to be Speaker.

          Scandal may well push a few more out, incl. Lees-Galloway [stenographer anyone?]. Once the truth behind dirty politics comes out there may be others.

    • Wasapilot

      Good question
      Goff – probably
      Shearer – agree with you
      Cunners – hmmm, I would not be suprised to see him hang in there for a couple of years, then have another go at the leadership, which will fail. His ego makes me suggest this. Then the question is, where to next for him? I can’t imagine the unions want him, he is I believe unemployable in the private sector.

      • Cadwallader

        Maybe the UN will need a second building to accommodate all the old Labour wreckers who will need to call on Clark for refuge and care? They are generally all otherwise unemployable.

    • Moonroof

      Goff, agree, he wants to keep working at something, and sitting in a Little Cabinet won’t work for him.
      Cunliffe, goneburger. David who?

      Shearer, off to UN mission to play butler for Helun.

    • caochladh

      Surely, Brown has cooked the Labour goose as far as the Mayoralty is concerned?

      • Moonroof

        Are you underestimating the ignorance of the ~45% that will vote in local elections? Not disagreeing, but the possibility exists.

        • caochladh

          Of course, but just perhaps this time more of the enlightened will have had enough and actually get out and vote.

      • Cadwallader

        The Labour goose has been charred well and truly by Brown but AKL voters were silly enough to put him there for starters.

        • caochladh

          Yes, but that was when Labour could do no wrong in South Auckland. I think that may have changed.

    • Isherman

      I’m of the opinion Goof wont contest the mayoralty, probably just slip out of the picture, but in that event, Labour might still see Shearer as the strongest contender for the Foreign Affairs role, they’re pretty light in that area, so if the Nats can tempt him into a diplomatic posting that would suit them well enough. Cunners,..I wouldn’t say never on him just yet.

  • Aucky

    I’m loving Audrey’s analysis of the latest TV3 poll in the online Herald. Somehow she has omitted to mention that despite Labour increasing their share to 29% (National up to 49.8%) that the combined Labour/Greens share remains exactly the same. The Nats are up 2.8% on their election night result.

    The TV3 poll is disastrous for Labour and the Greens.

  • jude

    Whoop whoop Murray:) I am keeping fingers and toes crossed :)

    • Isherman

      No way, Murrays a classic choker..I’m calling it for Djokovic.

      • jude

        A virtual chocolate fish /cockateil is on the line:)

      • caochladh

        Murray has it in the bag. The WHWT’s have read it in their magic Hebridian bones.

        • Isherman

          Ha!, a handful of kippers is all he’s likely to have in a bag tomorrow…

          edit: removed extra word.

          • caochladh

            Dreadful things, those kippers. I tried them once for breakfast and they kept repeating on me all day.

          • Isherman

            Funny you should say, I’m yet to hear of or from a good proper Scotsman that likes them. I reckon its all a bad taste joke and the Welsh are probably behind it.

          • caochladh

            Djokovic must have eaten the kippers for breakfast – he keeps loosing his balance. ;-)

          • hookerphil

            I used to stumble a bit like that in my youth at times.

        • Aucky

          If Murray wins the Daily Mail will declare it as a great British victory. If he loses it will be another disastrous Scottish loss.

          • caochladh

            Yes, I could be convinced that the Daily Mail is run by Aussies.

          • Aucky

            Murdoch?

    • Dave

      have watched it start to finish here, fully televised, but tonight I’m out, and fingers crossed for Murray.

      • Isherman

        5-4 Djo second set, as of right now.

        • Dave

          damn – still fingers crossed for Murray

          • Isherman

            make that 5-5.

        • jude

          5-5 don’t give up!!

  • hookerphil

    Haven’t seen any of the Open or read about it as shifting etc. Watched Djokovic win in 5 sets against the Swiss guy – have only just realised (thanks to your comments) that was a replay and the final is now on.

  • Nirvana10

    Both Nole and Andy are playing great entertaining tennis- some fantastic rallies. What a contrast with the women’s final last night which was just dull.

  • Mark

    I like the cut of the girls jib. Wise choice Andy.

  • hookerphil

    Midway through 3rd set 12.45 a.m.- Mysky’s due to switch off in 40 minutes, could be grumpy people tomorrow when they go to watch it.

    • Dave

      Looks like Djoko will take it out, he is up 2 sets to 1

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